Jackie Russell, RN
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Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR

Bio (short version)


Jackie Russell, graduate of the Ohio State University,  is Co-Founder and Program Development Coordinator for OhioHealth Delay the Disease™.– an evidenced-based Parkinson’s Wellness program. Founded in collaboration with David Zid in 2006, they have grown their Parkinson’s-specific exercise classes in 18 states and Ontario, Canada. She has been a featured speaker and educator at symposia and professional education courses nationally.  She feels their program brings optimism and hope to a hopeless diagnosis and that exercise may be the newest drug in the treatment of this disease.





Jackie Russell, RN, BSN, CNOR

Bio (long version)



In her 35-year career as a registered nurse, Jackie Russell boasts a dedicated interest in the treatment of People with Parkinson’s (PWP) and their caregivers/care-partners. Credentialed with professional achievement in perioperative nursing (CNOR) and ACLS certified, she is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has been employed in a variety of surgical nursing specialties (neurologic, orthopaedic, cardiac, and oculoplastic surgery). She is currently nursing supervisor for Michael McShane, MD at Orthopedic One, a specialty total joint replacement practice in Columbus, OH, as well as Co-Founder /Program Development Coordinator for OhioHealth Delay the Disease™.


Touched by PD when her mother-in-law battled the disease, Jackie became professionally involved in the PD community while working for Dr. Thomas Mallory, who became afflicted with PD while in orthopaedic surgical practice. Her collaborative effort to help translate and spread the Delay the Disease™ exercise program to all PWP is a message of hope.  She joined forces with David Zid to create this program in 2005.


She has been a featured speaker with David at many Parkinson’s conferences throughout the country. She functioned as an editorial assistant for Dr. Mallory in writing his memoirs, The Man Behind the Mask – Journey of an Orthopaedic Surgeon, published by The University of Missouri Press in 2007. This book is an inspiring account of his life as a renowned hip replacement surgeon whose career came to an abrupt halt with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. His response to this diagnosis is an exemplary lesson for all. Russell authored an article in Today’s Caregiver magazine in 2006 and was honored to author an article in the Summer 2008 issue of European Parkinson’s Nurses Network, a European medical journal circulated throughout the world entitled “Exercise: the Positive Effects.” She again published in the Sept/Oct 2009 and Feb 2010 issue of AgingWell Magazine. She continues to have an interest in Parkinson’s research and is an author on the peer review study in Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (2014) entitled “Effects of a Formal Exercise Program on Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study Using a Delayed Start Design.” Jackie and David presented a poster of their DTD outcomes June 2017 at the International Movement Disorder Congress in Vancouver, BC


Jackie Russell was voted one of Central Ohio’s 20 Outstanding Women You Should Know (January 2009) for her work with the Parkinson’s community.  She and David grew Delay the Disease to a national program in 17 states and Canada with instructional courses for healthcare professionals, rehab companies, and home care companies.  They joined the OhioHealth Family in 2013 and became the first wellness program in the OhioHealth system. As program development coordinator, she oversees all local classes, develops risk stratification protocols, and helps national classes stay up to date with what is new in Delay the Disease.


Jackie has found a special niche with the development of an instructional seminar geared to caregivers and PWP. Train the Caregiver provides methods and functional fitness techniques for the care-partner to help their loved one with a daily home PD exercise program. She also focuses on the importance of “caring for the caregiver.” Jackie advocates that daily exercise can empower people to face this disease with a proactive attitude, encouraging them to believe “I may have Parkinson’s, but it does not have me.” Exercise may just be the newest drug in the treatment of this disease.